My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, November 23, 2012
Still more don't get it.
And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread.
(Matthew 16:5 NASB)
And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
(Matthew 16:6 NASB)
They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, “He said that because we did not bring any bread.”
(Matthew 16:7 NASB)
But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread?
(Matthew 16:8 NASB)
“Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up?
(Matthew 16:9 NASB)
“Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets full you picked up?
(Matthew 16:10 NASB)
“How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you
concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and
(Matthew 16:11 NASB)
Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
(Matthew 16:12 NASB)
This theme of truly understanding the teachings of Jesus vs. the
Pharisees and Sadducees continues. Jesus was sending a message to the
Pharisees and Sadducees using the things that they would have learned
and they just couldn't get it. It's a message that he's sending to us
today, that we need to listening to the teachings of Jesus and not be
obsessed with the letter of the Law. Finally in this scene we find
Jesus realizing that the disciples didn't understand the seriousness of
his concern. They weren't getting it either.
The ways in which the Pharisees and Sadducees thought and applied
Scripture were detrimental to the faith and spiritual development of the
disciples and Jesus knew it! He knew that just a tiny bit of their
legalism would be disastrous. Just as a tiny bit of yeast infuses an
entire loaf of bread, a small kernel of their rigid protection of the
law could destroy what Jesus was planting in their hearts. He was
planting a new way of looking at the Law. Remember, Jesus wanted mercy,
not sacrifice. This new way was organic and it grew out of a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ. The goal was not to keep every little
element of the law, the goal was Christ. Every human being is being
invited into this deeply personal and intimate relationship with Jesus
Christ in which we become a reflection of him to this world. Our
actions and reactions are to be his and that means that every inch of
who we are should be filled with his Holy Spirit, or be entirely
sanctified! Jesus knew this was the new way to go for his disciples but
he also knew that a small fraction of miss-placed faith could ruin the
whole person and derail what God intended for his people.
Lord, may we be aware that the leaven of the Pharisees and
Sadducees still exists today and may your Holy Spirit so fill us that
there is no room for teaching which keeps us from knowing you on a
personal level. Amen.